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Community First Responders – be a life-saver for your community

Community First Responders – be a life-saver for your community

Do you want to make a difference to your community, why not consider becoming a community responder?

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) and NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG are looking for volunteers who will be trained to respond to local emergency calls and provide life-saving first-aid in the vital minutes before an ambulance arrives.

Community responders (CFRs) are trained to assess the situation, providing immediate first aid if needed; providing basic life support until the arrival of an emergency ambulance. CFRs in conjunction with SECAmb respond in the local areas where they live and work, attending the scene of an emergency within a few minutes, and often before the emergency service arrives.

These vital volunteers offer life-saving first aid further increasing the patient’s chances of survival.

Having undertaken comprehensive and intensive training provided by SECAmb CFRs will have the essential skills and knowledge to attend a variety of calls which include:

 Cardiac arrest  Heart attack  Choking  Diabetic emergencies  Breathing difficulties  Patients suffering a seizure  Chest pains  Unconscious patients

as well as basic first aid equipment, the volunteers carry automated external defibrillators (AEDs), and are trained and equipped to provide oxygen therapy.

Having someone in the community who has been trained in first aid and can reach the patient quickly makes all the difference.

Volunteers operate as part of a rota system from their own home or place of work. T

hey are dispatched at the same time as an ambulance to attend emergency calls.

Ben Hill, Head of Urgent Care, NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG said: “Community First Responders are valuable members of the emergency service team and can make a lifesaving contribution to patients. I would encourage anyone who is looking for a highly rewarding opportunity and would welcome the chance to learn valuable lifesaving skills to get in touch. If you would like to do something amazing for your community; become a real lifesaver become a community first responder.”

Karen Ramnauth, Voluntary Services Manager, South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust added: “We’re keen to hear from anyone interested in becoming a Community First Responder, CFRs play a vital role in responding to our most seriously ill patients. They are always joined at the scene by ambulance crews but, by living or working in the local communities they serve, can often begin life-saving treatment in the minutes before ambulance crews arrive.”

If you are interested in becoming a First Community Responder please visit www.jobs.nhs.uk vacancy reference is 278-CFRSRY-0217-TG

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